U21 Summer School: Shaping the Future City

Start Date
02 July 2014
End Date
17 July 2014
UNSW Australia
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The 2014 Universitas 21 Summer School will run from 2-17 July and will be hosted by UNSW Australia in Sydney.


The theme of the Summer School will be: Shaping the Future City.


According to the World Health Organisation “…as of 2010, more than half of all people live in an urban area. By 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people.”[1] Australia is already one of the most urbanised countries on Earth with over 90% of our population living in urban areas, mostly along the eastern coast of the continent. There has never been a more important time for us to focus our creativity and commitment to quality of life on the urban settings we share.

[1] http://www.who.int/gho/urban_health/situation_trends/urban_population_growth_text/en/

Tentative Programme

  • Students will reflect on the realities of urbanisation facing their own countries.
  • Interaction with the City of Sydney 
  • Field trips around the city to visit award-winning buildings and urban landscapes that are setting the pace for high quality urban redevelopment.
  • Exploring the concept of “Remaking the city” with an overnight stay at Cockatoo Island, a post-industrial site in Sydney Harbour.

The Academic programme is likely to include presentations from key scholars at UNSW on topics such as:

  • UNSW, CityFutures Research Centre
  • Climate Change Research Centre
  • Collaborative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living
  • Healthy Built Environment Program

Students will have access to facilities across UNSW Australia, and will be housed on campus during their stay. Excursions to other parts of the city and the metropolitan area will introduce them to associated issues of suburbanisation, public transport, food systems, metropolitan-scale planning, green building and green infrastructure, etc.  Students will identify a stream of particular focus that they wish to engage with during their two weeks in the Summer School and come prepared to participate in activities, discussions, and workshops related to these issues.

The social programme will include opportunities to enjoy Sydney’s beaches and urban parklands, as well as cultural activities in and around the city.  


Full detals of the programme can be found by clicking on the link at the end of the page.


Programme Fee
The programme fee is AU$1,000 per student/staff member.
This includes:
  • 15 nights of accommodation in a single room
  • Breakfast lunch and most dinners
  • Transport to and from Summer School activities
  • Airport transfers for delegates arriving on 2 July and departing on 17 July
  • All programme activities
Additional Costs

Please note that delegates are responsible for arranging and paying for their own flights, travel insurance, health incsurance and optional social acitivites. 


Please note that nominations for this event are now closed.  Not all nominated delegates are guaranteed a place at the Summer School, but at least three students and one staff member will be accepted from each institution.



If you would like more information about this event, please contact Georgia Blérot (g.blerot@unsw.edu.au).

Georgia Blérot